My rating: 2 of 5 stars
A book with a promising start and a somewhat entertaining ending, THE MORNING STAR: SHADOW OF THE TEMPLAR is a decent read about an FBI agent and his team who start out hunting an art thief and end up trying to stop a terrorist plot.
The opening heist is so fun and I was so into this book, ready for more intrigue… and then the entire middle is just very uninteresting characters complaining about their jobs. The end gets better, but the issue is that the main FBI dude and the art thief sexual tension is completely devoid of sexual tension. Honestly, the MC comes off as pretty close to homophobic for the whole first two-thirds of the book until suddenly he wants to make out with the art thief. It’s just not a well-developed shift in their characters. I don’t really understand why that happened and I really don’t buy the attraction.
The climax of the terrorist plot foiling is pretty cool, even though the terrorist dude is pretty vague in his purpose. There’s no real explanation for who he is or what his goal is. It’s like a cookie-cutter cartoon villain.
All in all, it’s not a BAD book, but I’m not sure I want to read the next one, especially not if I have to pay for it.